No one would consider this schlock news but it’s important info for anyone seriously interested in classic filmmaking: Shout Factory has signed a deal with Herzog Film to release a series of high-definition remasters for Werner Herzog’s back-catalog of films. This means new editions of classics like Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Fitzcarraldo and Nosferatu The Vampyre. The deal will cover an additional 13 films and these new HD versions will be released via a variety of platforms. Read on for all historic Herzog details, including a longer list of titles included in this deal…
SHOUT! FACTORY AND WERNER HERZOG FILM GMBH
ANNOUNCE MULTI-FILM PACT FOR CROSS-PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
Internationally Acclaimed Werner Herzog Film Classics Include
FITZCARRALDO, AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE,
THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER, WOYZECK, HEART OF GLASS, COBRA VERDE, STROSZEK,
FATA MORGANA, LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, LESSONS OF DARKNESS,
BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER, LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS and more
Los Angeles, Calif. and Vienna, Austria – August 20, 2013 – Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film GMBH announced an exclusive, multi-picture alliance to bring a coveted library of classic films by legendary writer/director/producer Werner Herzog, currently being re-mastered in high-definition for new edition releases in North America. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmaker Werner Herzog.
This multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory extensive rights to 16 highly sought-after Werner Herzog films and documentaries, including digital distribution, home video and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Award-winning and critically acclaimed features include FITZCARRALDO, AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE, THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER, WOYZECK, HEART OF GLASS, COBRA VERDE, STROSZEK, FATA MORGANA, LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, LESSONS OF DARKNESS, BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER, LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS, as well as several other acclaimed titles.
“Werner Herzog is a filmmaking icon and a celebrated master storyteller. He holds an incredibly rich legacy in cinematic history worldwide. Many of his memorable classics have been long-out-of print in the North American home entertainment marketplace. We are honored with this opportunity to bring these iconic films to movie collectors and legions of fans on digital entertainment platforms and at retail,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement.
“I am very proud to start this new collaboration with Shout! Factory and, given the outstanding reputation of Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, I am confident that our joint efforts to bring my films to the North American public again in brand new HD quality will be hugely satisfying and rewarding.” Werner Herzog
Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of these cinema classics through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms. As excitement builds for these new home entertainment releases, Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film will announce additional news later this year.